Two Southeast Portland bars broken into in two days, owner says

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The burglary at Thatchers will cost the owner over $ 5,000.

PORTLAND, Oregon – Nick Peck is still in disbelief at what he discovered at one of the bars he owns in Southeast Portland.

“It’s like a movie,” said Peck, owner of Thatchers on Southeast Stark Street in the Montavilla neighborhood.

On Monday morning, Peck arrived at Thatchers to find a damaged back door and a damaged ATM as a result of a burglary.

“It just didn’t make sense,” he said, adding that his security system had never alerted him to the burglary.

He went through his security footage and finally came across a man, during business hours on Sunday, taping motion sensors scattered around the bar.

“This guy is a professional thief,” Peck said. “He is far above what has happened to me so far.”

Hours after locking up the bar, the guy punched a hole in the back door, slipped inside, broke into the ATM, stole some booze and left, Peck said . He said the whole thing would cost him between $ 5,000 and $ 6,000.

“Being stolen or stolen, stuff stolen from your pocket that you can’t get back, it’s super frustrating,” Peck said.

Peck had said just one night earlier that someone broke into another of his businesses: Mulligan’s Bar and Grill on southeast Hawthorne.

“He tried going to the ATM for a second, then left it alone and went to the cash register,” Peck said. “It doesn’t look like the same guy.”

Peck isn’t the only one facing this. Burglaries are happening all over Portland. In the past two weeks, several businesses have been broken into on Southeast Division Street.

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“It’s my passion,” said Morning Dove Barranger of Coral Story Beauty, one of the companies focused on Division. “That’s what I love to do. It’s super frustrating. It’s violent.”

This is a sentiment shared by Nick Peck, who chooses to stay positive.

“They’ll be little speed bumps, I guess,” Peck said. “When the sun comes back in the spring, I think we’ll all be in a better place.”

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